Lets face it, when it comes to getting work done and accomplishing everything on that to-do list, you have to sit down, focus, clear distractions and just work. It is understandable that sitting down and getting work accomplished may be a bit difficult from time to time. There are many distractions throughout our days, and it gets to a point where it’s hard not to think about things like home, family, or weekend plans.
Although we all know that getting our work done is essential to our way of life, it’s hard to get in that head space that allows us to sit still, put our nose to the grindstone, and just work. Sometimes we gravitate towards the activities that give us short-term pleasure, like goofing off, or playing a game on our phone, or checking out the latest on Facebook. These activities are great, and they do improve the quality of our lives, however work is work and it is important to remember that ensuring financial security should come first.
If you have others in your life—children, partners, or pets, for example – then it is even more important to know how to properly contribute to the family’s well-being. A good first step is to learn how to devote time to a single purpose. Doing so allows you to develop an ability to concentrate and focus for long periods of time, which is extremely beneficial in all areas of life.
To make things even better, this skill is helpful in helping to learn how to run on low energy. Sometimes people need to be extremely exited to get something done, but others can glide through life using little to no energy.
Apart from that, being more productive has the ability to: increase profit; increase overall synergy, and lower the operational costs of a business.
Here are a few easy ways to boost productivity.
According to Harvard Medical School psychiatrist, John Ratey, “Exercise is the best thing you can do for your brain in terms of mood, memory, and learning.” In fact, exercising releases neurotransmitters (serotonin, dopamine, and nor epinephrine) that alter our psychology, which has the ability to make us work more efficiently. If you exercise every morning (lifting weights, running, swimming, surfboarding) you will generally have more energy throughout the day. It gets your body back into an instinctual state, a state of mind from which we have lost contact due to our work ethic and culture.
10. Drink Tea
Drinking tea is a great way to stay more productive, and that’s not decaf, either. Plenty of people who drink coffee become very sociable and energetic, however after a few hours their energy drops and they become incredibly tired. Grabbing a nice, soothing cup of tea a few times throughout the day will increase alertness and focus, and will also do a great job of keeping you hydrated and healthy. In addition to that, certain teas, such as green tea, have been observed to have other health benefits, such as boosting metabolism and clearing skin.
9. Wake Up Earlier
All we have is time. In order for us to get our work done and have as much freedom in our lives we should take the initiative to wake up earlier and get our work done as soon as possible. The earlier you wake up, the more time you will have in your day to complete assignments. In order for this to work, it’s important to develop more energy. Little things, like limiting alcohol intake and quitting smoking, can do wonders in helping to achieve this goal. This one really hits it. If you really want to get some more work done in the day wake up a few hours earlier and ease into your workday. No need to rush.
Multitasking is impossible. What multitaskers are actually doing is switching their attention in short intervals. Multitasking involves focusing on one activity for two minutes, and then switching to another, then another, and another. Instead of doing this, focus all of your attention on the task at hand. In doing so you will enter what Mihavl Csikszentmihalyi refers to as the “flow” state. Instead of switching to another task every few moments, its best to complete the task at hand, then move onto the next. This also builds concentration and focus, two essential qualities to success.
7. Limit Distractions (E-mail, Social Media, etc.)
Frequently checking e-mail and social media account(s) is one of the biggest obstacles workers put in their own way. Consistently going back to check online accounts breaks concentration, and in fact wastes energy. Limit social media and e-mail checks to 2-3 times/day. Consistently refreshing Facebook, or repeatedly checking the status of your inbox, limits your ability to develop equanimity while you’re working.
If assignments keep coming in, and it seems as if there is absolutely NO WAY to get your work done, delegate the work. Granted, this is usually a technique reserved for the higher-ups, but it’s one that is popular for a reason. In addition to spreading the workload among several people, making it more likely to be finished in a timely manner, delegating work also allows for fresh perspectives to be added to a particularly vexing task. That said, there is some truth to the saying “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” Don’t be surprised or upset if delegated work turns out to be different from how you had imagined it.
5. Listen To Relaxing Music
Scientists have found that music can help you think and make you smarter. “The Mozart Effect” is a term coined by scientists to describe how listening to music can improve the memory and learning abilities of humans. Apart from classical music, jazz, ambient, trance, techno, electronic, and shoe gazing music all have the ability to help you lock in and focus on your assignments.
Generally, it might be best to avoid listening to songs, as paying attention to lyrics could prove to be a distraction. Ultimately, though, any music that improves mood and productivity is the right choice.
4. Clear Your Workspace
Start off by organizing and cleaning up your workspace. A packed desk is a playground and it’s full of distractions. Keep a few things on your desk so you can quickly grab something and work, however make sure that all of your papers are organized and there is no trash on or around your work area. Keeping a clean work environment works wonders; it’s shocking how much of a difference a clean desk makes both in terms of organization and mood.
3. Start With The Simple Tasks
Start by responding to e-mails, running errands, and doing the simple tasks first. In doing so, you are building momentum, which will carry over to the next task. In addition to this, is it is important to remember that momentum is built with time and discipline. Continue working on one task, and when that is complete, move onto the next with little time to rest. As we begin to rest we slip into satisfaction. The truth of the matter is that you DO NOT want to be satisfied until you have accomplished everything (think Rolling Stones).
So start with the easy tasks, knock them out, then get started and finish the bigger assignments.
2. Don’t Procrastinate
Procrastination is a waste of time, and time is something you cannot have back; once it is gone, it is gone. If you’re one of those people who work in intervals (work for 20 minutes, take a 5 minute break), it could be a good idea to take a walk, or a quick nap, or engage in “productive procrastination.” Productive procrastination is procrastination, however it doesn’t include wasting time with irrelevant videos on YouTube. A better option would be to watch informational videos, or read news or other articles related to your position.
1. Get A Good Night’s Rest
Getting at least 6-8 hours of sleep is essential for anybody to function effectively. There are some people who live off of four hours of sleep, however that is somewhat dangerous. It’s best to sleep 6-8 hours to keep stress levels low. Strange as it may sound, it’s ideal to sleep naked in a room that is pitch black, because it activates the pineal gland, which secretes melatonin. Melatonin deficiency has been linked to depression, fatigue, Alzheimer’s, IBS, and headaches. All in all, sleep is a pretty important element in remaining productive.
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